Light posting tomorrow/friday.

You probably won't see much out of me tomorrow evening and Friday. I'm off to home in Brookings and then down to Sioux Falls for some diagnostic testing for my youngest.

I haven't talked about it much other than mentioning a couple of emergency trips over to Brookings for medical reasons. What's going on is that in the recent past (last year), my youngest experienced a couple of seizures. I'd note that she's been receiving medication since, and has not had another one to date.

But then there's the other thing.

What my wife and I are finding out after concern for the seizures has long passed is that at the age of two, my daughter has a condition being tentatively diagnosed as apraxia.

What is apraxia? According to the apraxia-kids website:
Childhood Apraxia of Speech is a motor speech disorder. For reasons not yet fully understood, children with apraxia of speech have great difficulty planning and producing the precise, highly refined and specific series of movements of the tongue, lips, jaw and palate that are necessary for intelligible speech.
Which you can read more on here.

Basically, it means that she has trouble with the motor control necessary to produce advanced speech. At this time, my daughter certainly seems to have no learning problems. It's just that she has trouble expressing herself in terms of direct speech. We get "dadee", and "ma ma" and many other words, but it's at an age where we should be getting some basic sentences.

Just imagine a temperamental, headstrong, red-headed two-year-old who has difficulty expressing what she wants verbally. Obviously, she's also receiving speech therapy.

So, my wife and I are going to try to figure out whether our daughter's seizures and apraxia are related or exclusive of each other. As mentioned, you probably won't see a lot of posting out of me, because I'm otherwise occupied.


Todd Epp said…

Good luck with the testing on the little one. If there is anything I can do to help out, let me know.

Anonymous said…
Not sure if this will help at all. But we used the signing times cd/videos for our young son. He was able to communicate much earlier with less tantrums and outbursts. Our son now age 4 did speak much earlier than most of his play buddies. Our daughter now 7 months has not yet started them but we will shortly. They may help.
Anonymous said…
Thinking of you and your family during this time. Good luck and I hope all turns out for the best and well with your little one! I know how hard it is on parents!
chad said…
I wish you all the luck in the world, as I know these things are difficult.

I will keep you and your family in my prayers as you are on this journey.

PP said…
Thanks guys. We might debate politics, but deep down, we are people first.
Nicholas Nemec said…
Good luck to your daughter and you and Mrs. P. We'll all be praying for you.
Mike Quinlivan said…
I hope things turn out for the best PP. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. God Bless.

Mike Quinlivan
Anonymous said…

The dirty little secret no spouse tells each other is that our love for our kids is strong and unconditional beyond words. Wishing you all the best.
Anonymous said…
Best wishes to you and your family.
nonnie said…
My thoughts and prayers are with you all too. There is nothing more frightening than a problem with our children.
nonnie said…
Just had to say that I had a young relative 30 or so years ago who wasn't speaking in a timely fashion according to his peers, but when he decided talk, he did just fine. He's now grown obviously and is doing just fine.

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